A lot of people won’t be familiar with iConnectivity – compared to the likes of Behringer, Tascam and PreSonus, it’s a much smaller manufacturer. Even so, this brand makes one of the most interesting audio interfaces you can find for less than $200 at the moment – the iConnectAUDIO2+. We’re always looking for wildcards when it comes to our reviews, so let’s take a deeper look to see what has caught our attention.
The iConnectAUDIO2+ has a similar layout to the majority of other audio interfaces in this sub-$200 price range, although feels much more minimalist in nature. With the ‘i’ prefix and this minimalist approach, there are certainly some Apple influences on display with the iConnectAUDIO2+. However, as functionality and style through simplicity are good qualities for an interface to have, this comparison isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
The iConnectAUDIO2+ is fairly easy on the eye. The chassis features a sleek brushed aluminum finish on the sides, while the top and bottom are a simple black. The controls and inputs are on the front, while the outputs are around back. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but that’s about where the similarities with your average audio interfaces stop.
In terms of features, the bus-powered iConnectAUDIO2+ brings plenty of familiarity, but a few surprises too. To start, you have two inputs, both capable of taking an XLR and 1/4” TRS cable for both mic and instrument-level recording, as well as phantom power for condenser mics.
Around the back is where things get interesting. The iConnectAUDIO2+ output section features a MIDI cluster, as well as four main outputs, comprising two USB ports and an iPad output. The two USB ports can be used to route the signal from the interface to two different computers, or a computer and an iPad. This versatility is usually unheard of in this low mid-range category, so it will spark a lot of interest.
Firstly, note that, even though the iConnectAUDIO2+ may seem like it is leaning towards Apple products, it is fully compatible with Windows machines as well. Looking at the performance, the iConnectAUDIO2+ feels incredibly solid. In 99% of cases, it’s smooth sailing, whether you are using a microphone, a guitar or any other instrument. The sound quality it offers is good and there is very little noticeable latency, while its additional routing capability adds a valuable layer of versatility.
Considering that it can be powered via the USB port (as well as a DC power adapter), the iConnectAUDIO2+ is very viable for work on the go. Ultimately, it allows users to be more flexible with their recording rig.
Connectivity is the name of the game with the iConnectAUDIO2+. While it may not be the flashiest piece of gear on the market, the angle of attack it offers is very impressive for a sub-$200 device. Its core performance is solid, while the I/O versatility will make a huge difference to some users. If this is the kind of flexibility you are looking for, this audio interface is worth a closer look.